Cannes: Catholic Church Sex-Abuse Drama 'Spotlight' Secures Foreign Sales

Mark Ruffalo on 'Heart's' Relevant Theme
Austin Hargrave

For Ruffalo, the work's themes are as current as ever. "The play served as an agitprop theater piece when that kind of politics and strategy really needed to be employed," says Ruffalo, who stepped into his character Ned's shoes after bonding with Larry Kramer over their shared commitment to activism (the actor is a lead voice in the anti-fracking movement). "The movie opened up a much more humanistic and universal tale about love, mostly about love."

eOne inked a multi-territory deal for the film, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton, with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

Entertainment One has sold Thomas McCarthys Catholic Church scandal drama Spotlight, which stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci, across a raft of international territories.

The international distributor secured a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe outside of the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Israel and India. The film is also going to BIM in Italy, Portugal's Lusomundo, Discovery in the former Yugoslavia, Estonian Theatrical Distribution for the Baltic states, South Africa's Times Media and Golden Scene in Hong Kong.

Spotlight, written by McCarthy and Josh Singer, has also been sold to Queen in Indonesia, Singapore's Shaw, South Korean indie Activers, Caichang in Taiwan, Sahamongkol in Thailand and EIM for airline rights.

Open Road Films earlier announced it would distribute the movie in the U.S. with a wide release. The film, which was shot in Toronto in 2014, is based on the true story of a team of Boston Globe reporters uncovering a massive scandal of child abuse and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.

Spotlight is a co-production of Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust, and was financed by Participant Media. eOne will also distribute Spotlight directly in the U.K., Canada, Spain, Benelux and Australia/New Zealand.

Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Michael Sugar and Rocklin/Faust’s Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust are producers, with David Mizner as a consultant and associate producer. Participant Media’s Jonathan King and Jeff Skoll are executive producers, with King and Participant’s Robert Kessel sharing the supervising producer credits.